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NIGERIA AT 60 : Full Text Of Buhari Independence Day Address

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NIGERIA AT 60 : Full Text Of Buhari Independence Day Address

NAIJA NEWS NG brings you the full text of the address made by Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari , on Independence Day. 

INDEPENDENCE DAY ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE OCCASION OF NIGERIA’S SIXTIETH INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY, THURSDAY 1ST OCTOBER 2020

Fellow Nigerians

I speak to you today as your President and fellow citizen on this epoch occasion of our country’s 60th independence Anniversary. As President, I wish to renew my appreciation to Nigerians for entrusting me with your hopes and aspirations for a better and greater Nigeria.

Today, it is my unique privilege to re-commit myself to the service of this great country of great people with profound diversities and opportunities. We are bound by destiny to be the largest and greatest black nation on earth.

At this stage in our nationhood it is important that we reflect how we got here to enable us work TOGETHER to get to where we aspire to be as a strong indivisible nation, united in hope and equal in opportunity.

On October 1st 1960 when Prime Minister Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa received the constitutional instruments symbolizing Nigeria’s independence, he expressed his wish that having acquired our rightful status as an independent sovereign nation, history would record that the building of our nation proceeded at the wisest pace.

This optimism was anchored on the peaceful planning, full and open consultation and harmonious cooperation with the different groups which culminated in Nigeria emerging as a country without bitterness and bloodshed.

Our founding fathers understood the imperative of structuring a National identity using the power of the state and worked towards unification of Nigerians in a politically stable and viable entity.

That philosophy guided the foundation that was laid for our young nation of 45 million people with an urban population of approximately 7million occupying an area of 910,768 square kilometers. These demographics led to development challenges for which major efforts were made to overcome.

Today, we grapple with multiple challenges with a population exceeding 200million occupying the same land mass but 52% residing in urban areas.

Sixty years of nationhood provides an opportunity to ask ourselves questions on the extent to which we have sustained the aspirations of our founding fathers. Where did we do the right things? Are we on course? If not where did we stray and how can we remedy and retrace our steps?

Upon attaining independence, Nigeria’s growth trajectory was anchored on policies and programmes that positively impacted on all sectors of the economy. However, this journey was cut short by the 30-months of civil war.

We came out of the civil war with a focus on reconstruction, rehabilitation and reconciliation that enabled the country to put in place world class development structures and a strengthened public service that well served the government. This positive trajectory continued with a return to democratic government which was truncated by another round of military rule.

For a cumulative 29 of our 60 years existence as a nation, we have been under military rule.

My summary of our journey so far as a nation is necessary to appropriately chart where we need to go and how to get there TOGETHER.

Today, I am aware that our economy along with every single economy in the world is in crisis. We still face security challenges in parts of the country, while our society suffers from a high loss of moral rectitude which is driven by unbridled craving for political control.

An underlying cause of most of the problems we have faced as a nation is our consistent harping on artificially contrived fault-lines that we have harboured and allowed unnecessarily to fester.

In addition, institutions such as civil service, police, the judiciary, the military all suffered from a general decline.

We need to begin a sincere process of national healing and this anniversary presents a genuine opportunity to eliminate old and outworn perceptions that are always put to test in the lie they always are.

The stereotype of thinking of ourselves as coming from one part of the country before seeing ourselves as Nigerians is a key starting point to project us on the road to our deserved nation’s evolution and integration.

To start this healing process, we are already blessed with the most important asset any nation requires for such – OUR PEOPLE – and this has manifested globally in the exploits of Nigerians in many fields.

It has been demonstrated time and time again that Nigerians in the diaspora frequently excel in science, technology, medicine, sports, arts and many other fields.

Similarly, the creativity, ingenuity and resourcefulness of the Nigerian at home have resulted in globally recognized endeavours.

I am convinced that if we pursue our aspirations TOGETHER we would be able to achieve whatever we desire. That informed our adopting the theme TOGETHER to mark this epochal event.

Together we can change our condition for the better and more importantly, together we can do much more for ourselves and for our country.

I chose the path of self-reflection because this is what I do on a daily basis and I must confess that at most times, I always felt the need for a collective reflection as I know that the foundation for a solid future which this administration is laying can only be sustainable if there is a collective commitment by Nigerians.

Nigeria is not a country for Mr. President, any ruling or opposition party but a country for all of us and we must play our part, irrespective of challenges we face, to make this country what we desire.

To achieve this, we must focus our minds, TOGETHER as a people, on ways of resolving the identified critical challenges that underlie our present state. These include:

Evolving and sustaining a democratic culture that leaves power in the hands of the people;
Supporting the enthronement of the rule of law, demanding accountability of elected representatives and contributing to good governance;
Increasing our commitment to peaceful co-existence in a peaceful, secure and united Nigeria ;
Harnessing and Optimizing our tremendous human and natural resources to attain our goal of being in the top twenty economies of the world and in the process;
Lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years;
Strengthening institutions to make them stronger in protecting National Interests; and
Imbibing tolerance in diversity.
I am a firm believer in transparent, free, fair and credible elections as has been demonstrated during my period as a democratically elected President.

The recent build-up and eventual outcome of the Edo State elections should encourage Nigerians that it is my commitment to bequeath to this country processes and procedures that would guarantee that the people’s votes count.

The problems with our electoral process are mainly human induced as desperate desire for power leads to desperate attempts to gain power and office.

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Democracy, the world over and as I am pursuing in Nigeria, recognizes the power of the people. However, if some constituencies choose to bargain off their power, they should be prepared for denial of their rights.

This call is made more urgent if we realize that even after a transparent, free, fair and credible election, desperation leads to compromising the judiciary to upturn legitimate decisions of the people.

It is necessary to, therefore support the enthronement of the rule of law by avoiding actions which compromise the judiciary.

Fellow Nigerians, our history has shown that we are a people that have the capacity to live peacefully with one another.

As a government, we remain committed to our constitutional oath of securing the lives and properties of the citizenry. I, however, call on the citizenry to also support government by providing the necessary community level intelligence in addressing these challenges.

In moving forward together, it is important to strengthen our economy to provide sustainable means of livelihood for as many Nigerians as possible so as to eradicate absolute poverty from our midst.

I want to re-emphasize my dedication and commitment, a dedication and commitment that propelled my public service career and informed my quest to continually seek for an opportunity to improve the lives of Nigerians, set the country on the path of prosperity and lead the country to a better future.

This administration has been focused on rebuilding and laying the foundations for a sustainable Nigeria. Of course, we have met and are still meeting the challenges inherent in any rebuilding initiative – more so that of a nation like Nigeria that has undergone avoidable levels of deprivation – but can be surmounted if we all work together.

I wish to re-iterate that our people and our spirit of excellence remains our most important asset.

In this wise, the need to return to our age-old ethical and high moral values would be necessary and this informed my launching of the National Ethics and Integrity Policy on Monday 28th September, 2020.

The policy would not implement itself and the first contact of the visibility of its implementation is the Public Service whose on-going reforms would be expected to be sustainable and give a radical re-direction in providing services to all Nigerians.

Fellow Nigerians, in addition to public health challenges of working to contain the spread of the Coronavirus, we have suffered a significant drop in our foreign exchange earnings and internal revenues due to 40 per cent drop in oil prices and steep drop in economic activities, leading to a 60 per cent drop in government revenue.

Our government is grappling with the dual challenge of saving lives and livelihoods in face of drastically reduced resources.

In this regard, sustaining the level of petroleum prices is no longer possible. The government, since coming into office has recognized the economic argument for adjusting the price of petroleum. But the social argument about the knock-on effect of any adjustment weighed heavily with the government.

Accordingly, in the last three years, we have introduced unprecedented measures in support of the economy and to the weakest members of our society in the shape of:

Tradermoni
Farmermoni
School Feeding Programme
Job creation efforts
Agricultural intervention programmes
No government in the past did what we are doing with such scarce resources. We have managed to keep things going in spite of the disproportionate spending on security. Those in the previous Governments from 1999 – 2015 who presided over the near destruction of the country have now the impudence to attempt to criticize our efforts.

In the circumstances, a responsible government must face realities and take tough decisions.

Petroleum prices in Nigeria are to be adjusted. We sell now at N161 per litre. A comparison with our neighbours will illustrate the point;

Chad which is an oil producing country charges N362 per litre
Niger, also an oil producing country sells 1 litre at N346.
In Ghana, another oil producing country, petroleum pump price is N326 per litre
Further afield, Egypt charges N211 per litre. Saudi Arabia charges N168 per litre. It makes no sense for oil to be cheaper in Nigeria than in Saudi Arabia.
Fellow Nigerians, to achieve the great country we desire, we need to solidify our strength, increase our commitment and encourage ourselves to do that which is right and proper even when no one is watching.

Fellow Nigerians, let us collectively resolve to continue our journey beyond the sixty years on the clear understanding that as a nation we are greater together than being smaller units of nationalities. By the special grace of God we shall come through any transient challenges.

It is my sincere hope that by the end of this anniversary on September 30th 2021, we will all be proud of taking this individual and collective self-assessment for the progress of our great Nation.

Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

God Bless us all. Thank you.

I am Paschal Ogechi Obi Chikero . I have written and published three books , I wrote Festus Keyamo's biography- Lion In Isolation .I have been a Reality TV show Producer/Creator, an Actor and Film Script Writer.

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Grace Nation :The Most Organised Kingdom On Earth Is The Kingdom Of God – Dr Chris Okafor

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Grace Nation :The Most Organised Kingdom On Earth Is The Kingdom Of God - Dr Chris Okafor

Dr Chris Okafor, Lagos popular Televangelist and the senior Pastor of Grace Nation international aka Liberation city has re affirmed that spiritual Government is Greater and more powerful than the Government of the Physical because spiritual controls the Physical.

 

Speaking During the Midweek Prophecy, Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Service on 26/05/2022 at the international Headquarters of the church in Ojodu Berger Lagos Nigeria, The Generational Prophet of God Dr Chris Okafor who speaks on the Topic “Dealing with the Invisible Barriers” says the most organised kingdom on earth is the Kingdom of God.

Grace Nation :The Most Organised Kingdom On Earth Is The Kingdom Of God - Dr Chris Okafor

Grace Nation :The Most Organised Kingdom On Earth Is The Kingdom Of God – Dr Chris Okafor

The Apostle of altars stated further that satan is powerless and has no plan or ideals on his own but copy from people and try to work on it, but if you understand the technically know how to render him useless through prayers and instructions from a true servant of God, satan and his cohort shall be defected.

READ : Spirit And Prosperity Conference : : Enugu is on Holy Ghost fire As Dr Chris Okafor shakes City with Miracles, Deliverance

Dr Okafor reiterated that if you are constantly hindered, it is a sign that your destiny is serious and Great, therefore you must change your Prayer pattern to focus more on your goals and objective why because Satan can hinder anybody.

The realms of the Prophetic took a more drastic dimension, as God uses his servant Dr Chris Okafor to stop inherited death pattern in some families, , family altars too were destroyed, while over 40 woman carried their miracles babies.

Meanwhile the monthly Night of Prophesy and Solution for the month of May has been postpone to the Month of June, this is to enable the ongoing work on expansion of the church Auditorium continue without delay.

Unconfirmed report from the set man says the Generational prophet of God Dr Chris Okafor might use the Period of the Night Vigil to address and Pray for all Liberationite Across the world via Online

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Nigerian News Round Up For May 27, 2022

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Making it at the top of Nigerian news today is Goodluck Jonathan.

NAIJA NEWS NG reports that the former Nigerian President has secretly submitted his presidential nomination and expression of intent forms to APC.

Goodluck Jonathan Submits Nomination Forms To APC

Goodluck Jonathan Submits Nomination Forms To APC

 

He submitted the N100 million forms to National Chairman of the ruling party, Abdullahi Adamu on Thursday.

“Members of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabal are still pushing for Jonathan to become the party’s consensus candidate.”

We also gathered that a High Court in Yenegoa, Bayelsa State would rule on the case on if Jonathan is constitutionally qualified to run for President again.

 Peter Obi Shocks The Nigerian Political Space By Dumping PDP

Soludo Says Unknown Gunmen Are Igbos

Soludo Says Unknown Gunmen Are Igbos

Soludo Says Unknown Gunmen Are Igbos

Anambra State Governor Chukwuma Soludo has said the people behind Unknown Gunmen in the South East are Igbos .

The killing of unknown gunmen have consistently topped Nigerian news for years now.

“Let’s be clear about something. These criminals wreaking havoc in Anambra, albeit in various groups and gangs, are Igbos (mostly from other South-East states) whose true motivation is lucrative criminality and the propagation of their pagan religion in the region. Regrettably, every criminal gang (including cults) declares itself to be a “liberation movement.” It’s becoming increasingly difficult to tell the difference between real agitators and criminals. Regrettably, criminals now have complete control of the space,” he added.

Soludo also said Anambra is a primary target for Unknown Gunmen because it is the most lucrative location in South East, Nigeria for kidnapping for ransom .

He added that they have foreign donors .

They claimed to be “fighting for the people,” yet he claims they kill the same individuals at random, destroying their livelihoods and preventing their children from attending school.

“What has agitation got to do with kidnappings including the kidnapping of priests of God, invasion of churches and tabernacles including desecration of the Alters of God? Why is it that everywhere they gather and in every camp they operate, there is a Deity/idol to which they routinely offer blood in sacrifice?”

 “From accounts of those kidnapped and later freed the stench of dead bodies in the camps cry up to heaven. We see videos of them and their idol worship; we note their threats to priests and bishops, including threatening to take over some churches?” he asked.

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Nigerian Government Slams Homicide Charges Against Osinachi’s Husband

Nigerian Government Slams Homicide Charges Against Osinachi’s Husband

Nigerian Government Slams Homicide Charges Against Osinachi’s Husband

Another top Nigerian news is the Federal Government of Nigeria filing 23 count charges against gospel singer, Osinachi Nwachukwu’s husband, Peter before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

You would recall that it has been alleged that the late Nigerian gospel singer who died on April 8, died of complications from injuries sustained after Peter Nwachukwu assaulted her .

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According to court papers filed on May 20, 2022, by Mrs Yewande Gbola-Awopetun, Head, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Department of Public Prosecutions of the Federation, Ministry of Justice, Mr Nwachukwu was charged with culpable homicide contrary to section 221 of the Penal Code which is punishable with death.

 

Count one reads,

 

“That you Peter Nwachukwu, 56, male, on the 8th of April, 2022 at Aco Estate, opposite police station, Lugbe, Abuja, FCT, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did commit an offence to with: culpable homicide punishable with death in that you caused the death of Mrs Osinachi Nwachukwu by your various acts of violence and aggravated assault with the knowledge that her death would be the probable consequence of your acts.”

 

Count two,

 

“Statement of offence: Wilfully placing a person in fear of physical injury contrary to section 4(1) of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015 and punishable under the same section of the Act.”

Sack Nigerian CBN Governor, He Is A Member Of APC – Falana To Buhari

Sack Nigerian CBN Governor, He Is A Member Of APC - Falana To Buhari

Sack Nigerian CBN Governor, He Is A Member Of APC – Falana To Buhari

Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana , has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, because he is a card carrying member of the All Progressive Congress, APC .

Femi Falana said this in Ado-Ekiti while speaking at the South West youths and women conference on Thursday 26th of May .

He added that INEC should stop keeping sensitive election materials at the CBN as Emefiele remains its governor .

 

Falana said;

 

“INEC is trying; it has deployed technology to get rid of rigging, but we can no longer keep sensitive election materials in the vault of the CBN.

“This is because the governor of the CBN is a card-carrying member of the All Progressives Congress.

“It has never happened anywhere in the world; this is very dangerous. The CBN governor’s power is enormous under the CBN Act, so he can’t be a politician.

“We can’t look for an alternative place to keep our electoral materials; it is the CBN governor that must be removed and whether President Buhari likes it or not, Emefiele must go.

“Some Civil Society Organisations have filed a motion against him and we will pursue it to a logical conclusion.’’

 

He also suggested that electoral offenses tribunal be established across Nigeria to prosecute offenders and stem out election manipulation and bloodshed .

He added; 

 

“People commit electoral crimes because they are aided by politicians.

“Statistics showed that 750 electoral offenders were arrested in 2011; 900 such offenders were arrested in 2015, and in 2019, a total of 1,120 were arrested.

“Majority of them were not prosecuted; the police even filed motions to terminate some of the cases and discontinued prosecution.’’

 Tonto Dikeh Confirms She Is Enjoying Her Life After Backsliding As Born Again Christian
Tonto Dikeh confirms she is no longer a born again Christian

Tonto Dikeh confirms she is no longer a born again Christian

Nigerian actress, Tonto Dikeh , while replying a comment on Instagram confirmed that she is enjoying the life of a born again Christian who backslides .

You would recall that she used to call herself “radical for Jesus “ . She said is enjoying being “outside”

 

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Peter Obi Shocks The Nigerian Political Space By Dumping PDP

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Peter Obi has shocked the Nigerian political circle with a letter of resignation from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP .

He has informed the PDP that he is pulling out of the presidential primary scheduled for Saturday, May, 28 2022.

Mr Obi’s exit, coming on the eve of hotly-contested presidential primaries, came as the politician expressed fears he might be humiliated at the convention in Abuja.

Mr Obi confirmed his exit to Peoples Gazette on Wednesday evening, saying he caught wind of a gang up against him.

He did not immediately disclose his next platform.

The development is expected to put additional spotlight on the PDP’s primaries scheduled to be held in Abuja this weekend, where Mr Obi was initially seen as a front runner in a race that includes Atiku Abubakar, Nyesom Wike, Dele Momodu, Bukola Saraki and other bigwigs.

READ : Peter Obi Speaks Against Killings By Unknown Gunmen In The South East

A spokesman for the PDP did not immediately return a request seeking comments.

A source familiar with the development said Mr Obi feared he might not do well at the convention, despite his widespread popularity and fame amongst everyday Nigerians.

In a letter to the party chairman, Mr Obi appreciated his membership and left open future collaboration in service to the country.

The letter said: “I am writing to intimate you of my resignation from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which was conveyed to the Chairman of Agulu Ward 2. Anaocha LGA

“Anambra, effective Friday 20 May, 2022. Consequently, am by this letter informing you of my withdrawal for the PDP Presidential Primaries.

“It has been a great honour to contribute to nation-building efforts through our party. Unfortunately, recent developments within our party make it practically impossible to continue participating and making such constructive contributions.

“Our national challenges are deep-seated and require that we each make profound sacrifices towards rescuing our country. My commitment to rescuing Nigeria remains firm, even if the route differs.

“I wish to thank you personally for your graciousness and leadership. I wish you well and best of luck in the service of country.

 

Peter Obi’s supporters have expressed their support for his move. Read below :

NEFERTITI
@firstladyship
Peter Obi has finally dumped the PDP. He has pulled out of their presidential primaries as well. While we wait the big announcement, this is good for his candidacy. Contesting on the platform of an ‘untainted’ party will be a morale booster. The fire in us is unquenchable💪

Comrade Deji Adeyanju
@adeyanjudeji
Dear Peter Obi supporters, keep the fire burning.

Bello Shagari
@Belshagy
The passion of Peter Obi’s supporters is inspiring.
NEFERTITI
@firstladyship
PDP = APC

Peter Obi = OPPOSITION

Our support for Peter Obi is on fire. Our resolve is unquenchable.💪
The frontline presidential aspirant feared he might be humiliated at the opposition party’s convention this weekend, Peoples Gazette heard.

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